About Ellen "Nelly" L. Rickard
So you really existed, Nellie! I'm glad you did!
I heard about you from generations gone by.
but they left a question mark in my mind about you!
Now that I have found you in my research, I was
ecstatic that you are real!
All I know about you was what I overheard: that you had red hair,
and loved poetry!
I have the little book you made with your own handwriting
copying lovely poems; or maybe you wrote those poems!
You had 17 years with my "Little Granny", your mother,
also Ellen Rickard! Why such a short life?
There have been three Ellen Rickards in three generations!
I only had the pleasure of knowing my cousin, Ellen Rickard!
Your mother was my great grandmother, and you are my great Aunt!
Kathleen Anne Elick